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Process Enhancement Lead

Social Circle, Georgia, Lessines, Belgium, Los Angeles, California, Vienna, Austria, Santa Rufina, Italy, Rieti, Italy


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Process Enhancement Lead

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Job ID SR0043886 Date posted 11/12/2019 Location Social Circle, Georgia; Lessines, Belgium; Los Angeles, California; Vienna, Austria; Santa Rufina, Italy; Rieti, Italy


  • Maximize the plasma usage Efficiency through Process Enhancement and Innovation.
  • Accountable to identify and promote implementation of Best Process Practices.
  • Manufacturability and Industrialization assessment of enhanced and next generation processes.
  • Provide expertise and support the implementation of Digital and Process Analytic Solutions across the entire plasma network.


  • Drive innovation and next generation processes and manufacturing technologies across the OpU.
  • Liaise with the Global MSci Innovation.
  • Manufacturability and Industrialization assessment of enhanced and next generation processes.
  • Golden Batch: to identify best process practices, promote process modeling, harmonization/ standardization between facilities.
  • Ensure actual and projected yields are captured in relevant business processes (budget,LRCP, Plasma Max).
  • Use data-driven decision-making processes to enable timely and objective recommendations for continuation, acceleration, reprioritization of activities.
  • Employ agile principles to reduce process complexity and increase organizational capacity.
  • Liaise with the Data Science Plasma.

Leadership/People:No. of direct reports: 0; No. of indirect reports: 0 ( total org)

Geographic Scope: Global


Technical/Functional (Line) Expertise

  • Ability to analyze unstructured problems, identify root causes and align team objectives to drive business goals.  
  • Knowledge of Project Management and Process Improvement methodologies (Agile, Lean, DMAIC, Waterfall, SPOT, and/or PMBOK). 
  • Understanding of the drug development process and working knowledge of the essential CMC activities.  
  • Experience capturing and translating business requirements into technical solutions. 
  • Experience building an interactive dashboard using tools such as Power BI, Tableau, Excel, Power Apps, SharePoint, and Flow.


  • Experience managing projects in a matrix environment.
  • Ability to inspire others to share their vision and support them to reach a common goal. 
  • A firm grasp of organizational development and cross-functional group alignment.

Decision-making and Autonomy

  • Full accountability for decision making within approved budgets, timeline, and risk profiles and drives decision and approval for changes outside approved scope.


  • Works across functional area boundaries and sites when needed to bring in additional resources and alignment.
  • Works with supervisor for alignment on project management approach for more complex issues. 


  • Capture and disseminate clear, concise project information through global channels. 
  • Understanding of the drug development process and working knowledge of the essential activities for all key functional areas.


  • Demonstrate initiative, sound judgment, and flexibility.
  • Possess effective time management and organizational skills.
  • Be able to work under deadlines and on multiple projects simultaneously. 


Education / experience

  • BS in engineering, life sciences, or related field with a minimum of 8 years (MS with a minimum of 5 years, or Ph.D. with minimum 3 years) experience in pharmaceutical development/sciences, PM and CMC.
  • Experience operating globally in a matrixed organization highly preferred.
  • Green/ Black Belt Six Sigma certification preferred.


  • Must be self-motivated, have good interpersonal skills, capable of analyzing and solving complex problems through innovative thought and experience.


  • Focusing on the few priorities and provide superior results.
  • Elevating capabilities for now and the future.
  • Provide leadership on cross-functional teams. 


  • International travel may be required.

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